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The Republic of Ireland offers rugged, romantic landscapes that are drenched in ancient lore and blessed by a warm tradition of poetry, song and hospitality.

Vibrant Dublin and Cultural CorkDublin is the Republic’s sassy, confident capital whose modern vibrancy is matched by its rich traditions. Here you can visit the Guinness storehouse, party till all hours, shop till you drop and take in the richly rewarding exhibits of the National Gallery and National Museum.

County Down on Ireland’s southern coast, Cork is surrounded by a shoreline that is all secluded estuaries, rolling hills and historic harbours. In the city itself you are never too far from a flowing river or the vibrant cultural scene and energetic nightlife.

Ireland’s Ever-Changing LandscapesThere is an uncommonly rich variety of landscapes to please the eye in Ireland. The Atlantic brings with it warm winds that nurture a truly bewildering diversity of terrains. In just a matter of miles you can move from the lush side of a lake to a more primeval bogland.

In the east of the island, for instance, the rocky Wicklow Hills are perfect for walkers but they suddenly transform into the horse-grazing plain of the Curragh, which is perfect for racehorses.

Meanwhile, over on the west, in Connemara you can take a stroll that takes you from beach, mountain, fenland and on to the banks of a lough: and, if you set off after breakfast, you can still be back at your hotel for lunch!

Remote IslandsJust off the coast there is plenty to explore for those who want to get away from it all. Dotted off the west coast are islands that are rugged and truly remote. The Arans may be the most famous example, with their windswept swathes of limestone and fascinating prehistoric sites, but the austere beauty of the Blasket Islands, lying just off Kerry’s coast, is even further from the madding crowds.

A Sense of Story and a Sense of HistoryThe Irish landscape truly comes to life when you look at it through the lens of the layers and layers of myth that has been laid over it throughout history. In this way piles of stones suddenly become the resting place of lovers escaping ferocious warriors.

The Irish love of poetry and story can also be felt on a literary tour of Dublin, taking in the places where Joyce, Beckett, Wilde and Brendan Behan once frequented.

Every stage of history makes its presence felt in Ireland. The awe-inspiring prehistoric tombs, stone circles and hill forts of Ireland can bring the distant past palpably close. The unbelievably intricate illustrated medieval manuscript that is the Book of Kells still looks as colourful as the day it was painstakingly crafted. There are fine churches, impressive castles, Martello towers and high crosses that punctuate the Irish countryside. You can visit stately homes in the country or take in the neoclassical institutions in the cities.

Visit IrelandIreland offers romantic legends, varied landscapes, beautiful beaches, a fascinating history and a warm welcome.

To top it all off there is the promise of best pint of Guinness you’ve ever had: but you’ll have to be patient whilst you wait for it to settle!

Popular cities in Ireland

Dublin showing night scenes, modern architecture and a bridge
Dublin

Known for Bars, Tours and Live Music

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Galway Harbour showing boating, a marina and a river or creek
Galway

Known for Friendly People, Bars and Tours

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Muckross House featuring a garden, heritage architecture and flowers
Killarney

Known for Nature, Historical Buildings and Live Music

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Limerick featuring a river or creek, night scenes and a city
Limerick

Known for Friendly People, Dining and Bars

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Inistioge featuring tranquil scenes, landscape views and a river or creek
Kilkenny

Known for Bars, Historical Buildings and Castles

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Reasons to visit

Popular things to do in Ireland

Cliffs of Moher
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Cliffs of Moher

Liscannor

Officially one of the top destinations in Ireland, a trip to County Clare and Galway Bay would be incomplete without visiting the truly magnificent Cliffs of Moher. These sheer cliffs attract almost a million visitors every year, thanks to their outstanding height, dramatic drops and beguiling views over the frothing waves of the Atlantic Ocean far below.

Dingle Peninsula
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Dingle Peninsula

Kerry

Explore the walkable area of Dingle Peninsula—live music, hiking trails and sights from Dingle Harbour to Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium.

Ring of Kerry
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Ring of Kerry

Kerry

Visitors have taken this route through deep forest and rugged Atlantic coastline for hundreds of years.

Guinness Storehouse
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Guinness Storehouse

Dublin

The Guinness Storehouse is situated at St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin. The giant storehouse covers seven floors and is a popular point of interest for tourists - since it opened in 2000, it has received over four million visitors.

Blarney Castle
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Blarney Castle

Blarney

Walk in the footsteps of ancient kings, wander amid mystical gardens and kiss the venerated Blarney Stone at this centuries-old castle.

Killarney National Park
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Killarney National Park

Killarney

Killarney National Park is home to Ireland’s highest peaks, ancient woodlands, shimmering lakes and a rich variety of wildlife.